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Fodder scam: RJD chief appears in Special CBI court in Ranchi

Ranchi, Tue, 14 Feb 2012 ANI

Ranchi, Feb 14 (ANI): Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) president and former Bihar Chief Minister Lalu Prasad appeared before a special CBI court on Tuesday to record his statement in connection with the multi-crore fodder scam.


Prasad is one of the 46 accused persons in the case, pertaining to fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 37.7 crore from Chaibasa Treasury in West Singhbhum district between 1992 and 1995.


In the first week of February the special CBI court had rejected Prasad's plea to allow cross-examination of witnesses of the prosecution and asked him to appear before it to record his statement this week.


The fodder scam also known as "Chara Ghotala" was a corruption scandal that involved the alleged embezzlement of about Rs. 950 crore from a Bihar Government treasury.


The alleged theft spanned many years, and was engaged in by many Bihar state government administrative and elected officials across multiple administrations, and involved the fabrication of "vast herds of fictitious livestock" for which fodder, medicines and animal husbandry equipment was supposedly procured.


The fodder scam was unearthed in Bihar in 1996 when Lalu Prasad was the Chief Minister of the state. He had resigned from the post in 1997 after a court issued an arrest warrant against him in connection with one of the cases. (ANI)


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